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“We Live in a Glorious Moment in History.”

 

 

Janet Jackson, 52, took the stage for her 1st performance in nearly a decade before receiving Billboard’s Icon Award, a 1st for a black woman.

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Bruno Mars introduced a montage video of her impressive career, spanning 4 decades.

The video touched on her family’s humble beginnings in Gary, Indiana, her foray into acting in the 1970s, & her turn to music at age 16.

Jackson hit the stage in a sparkling gold sweatshirt dress and shiny gold thigh-high shoes singing “Nasty”, “If” & “Throb.”

 

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“For all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history. It’s a moment when women have made it clear that we no longer will be controlled, manipulated or abused. I stand with those women and those men equally outraged by discrimination. …I thank God for giving me the precious energy that lets me live my life as an artist who every single day seeks to expand my capacity to love.”

Janet Jackson's Acceptance Speech
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Jackson joins a group of iconic winners of Billboard's award which began in 2011, including Neil Diamond (2011), Stevie Wonder (2012), Prince (2013), Jennifer Lopez (2014), Céline Dion (2016) & Cher (2017). 

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Prince To Prince

‘Black Panther’ Heads To House of Saud

Two weeks after the Saudi Crown Prince met with the head of Walt Disney in Los Angeles…a Disney movie, featuring a groundbreaking prince, headlines as the first movie shown in Saudi Arabia in 35 years.

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Why Now?

  • 32-year-old Saudi Crown Prince recently toured U.S., meeting the most powerful Americans in business and politics.
  • Movie theaters are part of Prince’s “Vision 2030” plan to reform Saudi Arabia & diversify economy.
  • Movie industry estimated to bring in $30B & 30,000 jobs by 2030.
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Money & Politics

  • Majority of the Saudi kingdom under age of 25.
  • 32-year-old Crown Prince is a millennial himself and could rule for the rest of our lifetimes.
  • Domestic Priority: HIGH unemployment (esp for youth).
  • Economy: Dependent on oil.
  • Reforms geared towards the young but keeping the Saudi royal kingdom intact.
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Something To Consider:

  • Saudi Arabia may allow American movies, or partner w/U.S. in certain areas of foreign policy, but its not a democracy.
  • Saudi Arabia home to 2 holiest sites in Islam – important to entire Muslim world – millions make pilgrimages to sites.
  • Other Muslim nations like Bahrain and United Arab Emirates *already* show movies.
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So Why Outlaw Movies?

  • Saudi Arabia outlawed movies in 1979 because of a strict adherence to conservative Islam.
  • Saudi Arabia is still an Islamic monarchy.  Movies will undergo censorship of some sort – unclear how severe.
  • Experts ask if “reforms” are real or simply superficial.
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“Films are slightly edited and modified to reflect sensitivity to the local culture here in the region. But even with those modest edits — you can imagine what they are, sexuality and nudity are out — but we believe that those edits will be quite modest.”

Adam Aron, AMC Chief Executive, to CNBC April 18, 2018. He said the company "rushed in" when they heard of an opportunity in Saudi Arabia.
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AMC plan to open 40 theaters over the next 5 years in Saudi Arabia. Next movies? "Rampage" & "The Avengers"

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TOP FIGHTER…
FACING CHARGES

29-year-old Irish Fighter Conor McGregor under arrest in NYC.

One of the biggest names in international sports…the first UFC fighter to hold two world titles simultaneously…now charged with multiple counts of assault.

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UFC President Dana White called it “the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in history of the company.”

McGregor & his entourage attacked a bus full of fighters, throwing chairs, trash cans, and anything else that wasn’t pinned down, injuring several fighters and bystanders.

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Will Face Charges…
Instead Of A Comeback.

“If you beat me, I’ll say fair enough and I’ll come back better and get you the next time. You can’t keep me down. I learn from everything. Every experience makes me better.”

McGregor to the Los Angeles Times, August 2017
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Although McGregor (21-3) hasn't fought in the UFC since he won the lightweight belt in November 2016, he reportedly made $140M from his August 2017 boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.

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Fixer Upper: Final Farewell

“One of mama’s and I’s first dates, I climbed up a magnolia tree and I pulled off a magnolia bloom and I gave it to her.”

Chip Gaines, 1/2 of the 'Magnolia' empire, speaking to his children 'Fixer Upper' Final Episode, April 3, 2018.
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Background:

Show finished almost 5 years to the day of its debut (May 2013).

Definition of overnight success.
First episode? 1.9M viewers.

Averaged 14.5 M viewers weekly.

Irony? Chip & Joanna Gaines don’t own a TV.

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Why Is Fixer Upper SUCH A Big Deal…in TV?

Show gained viewers as others lost.

  • Oscars lowest viewership in 40 yrs.
  • Super Bowl lowest viewers since 2009.
  • Important network morning shows all losing viewers year-over-year. In fact, Fixer Upper often beat the TV giants in viewership.
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‘Fixer Upper’ Success

Talent & Good Timing

  • Americans expected to spend more this year on home renovations (up 7.5% to more than $340 B) ~ due in part to rebuilding from terrible natural disasters.
  • Sales on homes already built (ripe for remodel) up year-over-year.
  • Overall, healthy real estate market.
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Chip & Joanna Gaines have big plans - including a new baby in July (child #5) - Read more on what's next (including a 'Magnolia Kids' line)

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Hollywood Heartbreak

“…love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now.”

Jenna Dewan Tatum & Channing Tatum announce split on social media, April 2, 2018. Despite the headlines, Jenna & Channing are the exception, not the rule.
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Exception: Not The Rule

Jenna Dewan & Channing Tatum married for nearly 9 years.

Recent data shows the chances of a marriage lasting at least a decade is about 70%.

Chances of a marriage lasting MORE than 20 years is slightly better than 50%.

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Hollywood vs. Reality

Divorce Rates Down (Slightly)

  • Divorce rates have dropped in America in recent years…Marriage rates have dropped too.
  • Marriage rate: Nearly 7 per 1,000 Americans (CDC).
  • Divorce rate: Just over 3 per 1,000 Americans (CDC).
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Something To Consider:

“…women who cohabited with their first husband—regardless of whether they were engaged when they began living together—had lower probabilities of marriage survival at 20 years than women who did not cohabit before marriage with their first husband.”

National Health Statistics Report, 2012
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Despite the announcement of a divorce, Channing Tatum *just* wrote this about his wife:

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Total Domination

‘Roseanne’ Rocks Ratings

1 out of 5 American viewers tuned in for ABC’s return of ‘Roseanne’ – approximately 18M.

“Text from john goodman who is on a plane today: “HURRAY FOR THE CONNORS!'” – @therealroseanne

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Distinct Departure

“Roseanne was pitched as a timely revival, one that put star Roseanne Barr’s support for president Donald Trump in the narrative at a time when most scripted TV is decidedly liberal-skewing.”

Hollywood Reporter, March 28, 2018

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Flyover Power

‘Roseanne’ Reboot’s
Highest-Rated Markets:

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cincinnati, Ohio

Kansas City, Missouri

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Comparatively Speaking

  • The ‘Will & Grace’ reunion started when the main actors filmed a 10-minute video to support presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.
  • NBC launched an official revival of the series in 2017 – 10M viewers watched.
  • ‘Will & Grace’ was just re-upped for a 3rd season; 4M viewers on average per show.
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"Roseanne"s popularity offers advertisers valuable real estate. How much will a 30-sec ad cost you? $175,000. Check out source page for more on where "Roseanne" dominated:

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And the Oscar goes to …
Women To Watch

Female Oscars nominees continued to break ground this year, but the data shows women in the film industry still have a long way to go

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2018 Female Trailblazers:

Rachel Morrison (Mudbound) is the 1st woman ever nominated for an Oscar in cinematography.

Mary J.  Blige (Mudbound) is the 1st person ever nominated for both acting & music in the same year.

Greta Gerwig (I, Tonya), the only 2018 female director nominee, could become the 2nd woman ever to win Best Director.

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According to an analysis by the Women’s Media Center:

Women make up 23% of 2018 nominees in behind-the-scenes roles – that’s a small, but significant increase.

From 2005 – 2016, less than a fifth of non-acting nominations went to women.

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In an interview with CNN, Mudbound's Rachel Morrison said "Sure, there's the historical significance of it all, but just seeing me get the accolades that have been [denied so many women in the past] has really been the light at the end of the tunnel for so many women and the encouragement they needed to keep shooting."

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James Dean
Jacket Up For Auction

Expected To Fetch Up To $600,000

Red jacket made famous by James Dean in “Rebel Without A Cause” will be auctioned off at Palm Beach Modern Auctions on Saturday.

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Expensive Taste

The jacket worn by the late star follows a string of high profile celebrity apparel auctions.

In 2016, a Marilyn Monore dress worn at JFK’s birthday sold for $4.8 million.

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Rebel Without A Cause

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  • The film starred James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo.
  • Only film Dean received top billing (He starred in just 3 films).
  • In 1990, Rebel Without a Cause was added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry.
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James Dean

  • Raised in Fairmount, Indiana
  • Known for : “East of Eden”, “Rebel Without A Cause”, and “Giant”
  • Died in car accident at age 24.
  • Received two posthumous Academy Award nominations
  • Fairmount holds an annual James Dean Festival
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Best Selling Book Debuts On Broadway

5 hours & 15 minutes

Expected run time of the Broadway adaption of “Harry Potter”

Play staged in two parts seen on one day or on different nights.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

  • Opens April 22nd on Broadway
  • 8th book in series, but 1st ever theatrical production
  • The play earned a record-breaking 11 Oliver Awards (U.K. version of the Tonys)
  • NOT a musical but will compete against Disney’s musical adaptation of “Frozen”
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Pre-show jitters?

“Broadway is a scary place.”

J.K. Rowling to The New York Times about the challenges of adapting her best selling book series to Broadway, Feb. 21, 2018
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Pure Magic!

Harry Potter’s Success

  • Best-selling book series in history
  • 500M books sold worldwide
  • Translated into 80 languages
  • 20 years since first book “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was published (still the bestseller of the series)

 

 

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No Potter without an 8-year-old’s approval?

J.K. Rowling’s first “Potter” book was rejected by a dozen publishers.

Small British publisher Bloomsbury finally said yes.

But only after its Chairman’s young daughter couldn’t put the book down.

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